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'Last Week Tonight' Updates Us On That FCC Page And Proves The Value Of Infotainment

By Emily Chambers | Last Week Tonight | May 16, 2017 |


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Thank the sweet gods of wit and levity, did I need this. It’s been a rough couple of days folks. And literally as I’m typing this, I realized I mean only yesterday was a rough day. It was only one day, and it feels like five. This will be the first Presidency in the history of the U.S. that ages the populate more than the President. Sweet merciful crap, the Democracy is going down!

So like I said, I kind of needed a win.

I’ve been saying for a while now that late night talk show hosts are better at covering the Trump administration than traditional news because comedians know how to work in absurdity without denigrating the real importance of the news story. But Oliver’s managed to take it a step further. He took a subject (net neutrality) which most people would not want to research themselves, made it funny, and gave us specific tasks by which we could voice our opinion. He even dumbed it down because he (rightly) knew that most of us wouldn’t be willing to click through all of those pages. And when he knew we couldn’t be trusted to follow directions, he put measures in place to keep us from doing dumb shit. He presented a bland but important story in a way that made it entertaining but without trivializing. And he told racists to knock it off. It’s like Oliver himself is the smart, capable version of the internet we all wished we had.

Basically this should be the model for every nightly news show. Infotainment (done right) forever.


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